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In the following specifications, candidates need to study advance notice materials in preparation for questions on external exam papers.
These materials will be published on the relevant qualification page on 13 March and hard copies will be supplied in the exam.
First teaching from 2015:
In addition, for legacy qualifications, hard copies will also be sent before the exam.
The practical skills and techniques for each science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) are assessed directly in the practical endorsement, using the common practical assessment criteria (CPAC).
Details of the units which have practical tasks and activities are given in the specifications.
Where practical tasks are set by OCR, they may only be obtained by downloading them from Interchange.
Instructions and further guidance are provided in the Practical Skills Handbooks for each AS and A Level, which are available from the relevant qualification page.
It is the centre's responsibility to ensure downloaded tasks, mark schemes, instructions (including any copies) and candidates’ scripts are stored securely.
Subject staff must trial practical tasks before they are attempted by candidates to ensure:
Please check Interchange before using a task for assessment to ensure no modifications have been posted.
To download materials from Interchange, you will need the 'Science co-ordinator' role, even if you already have the 'Centre administrator' role.
More guidance on using Interchange can be found on the Interchange page.
Email alert services are available for AS and A Level Sciences.
To be notified by email when changes are made to subject pages and advance notice materials are published, simply email the addresses below.
Please include your centre number, centre name, contact name and the name of the AS or A Level specification in the subject line:
We recommend the Head of Science or Teacher in Charge Biology/Chemistry/Physics at all centres registers for these services.